Tentenublo, Rioja 2018Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
In Rioja, it’s not uncommon for a few big producers to exude almost god-like status. They produce large amounts of wine and their market share is incredibly strong. The style of these large producers is what nearly everyone in Spain deems the standard for Rioja. However, Roberto Olivan is one the most exciting names among the new generation. He is challenging the preconceived notions of Rioja and tempranillo being produced in the Rioja region. The fruit is sourced from vineyards (at 620 meters in elevation) that he inherited from his mother. Olivan’s inspiration for this Tentunoblo is decidedly fruit and place-oriented. If one looks back far enough in the annals of Rioja’s rich winemaking history, it was the vineyard work and the soil rather than the au courant oak-aging that defined the wine. In this sense, Olivan’s wines are truly traditional.